At first it was an experiment, an innovation necessitated by a ‘starving time’.
Our story begins with the Mayflower and the founding of the colony of Plymouth in 1620. Three years later the colonists were slowly starving…until they discovered a strategy that not only kept them alive, but fertilized the seeds of independence.
This curriculum seeks to explore an historical period between 1620 and 1791 when the Bill of Rights was ratified. This period was the latest in a developmental transformation that moved from Feudalism, in which the nobility held lands from the Crown in exchange for military service, to the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment, to the early stages of what we today characterize as Western Civilization. The culmination of this process announced itself in the form of the United States’ Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.